Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
10,860 3.9 % $17.97 $37,380 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.70 $13.20 $17.03 $21.60 $26.70
Annual Wage (2) $22,250 $27,450 $35,420 $44,940 $55,530


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,700 0.94 $16.67 $34,660
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,300 1.46 $19.97 $41,550
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.56 $16.43 $34,180
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 890 0.24 $17.97 $37,380
Foundries 540 0.43 $14.48 $30,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,300 1.46 $19.97 $41,550
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,700 0.94 $16.67 $34,660
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 220 0.57 $16.20 $33,700
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,130 0.56 $16.43 $34,180
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 320 0.43 $16.07 $33,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 340 0.07 $32.28 $67,140
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 320 0.06 $23.91 $49,730
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 150 0.15 $22.58 $46,970
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,300 1.46 $19.97 $41,550
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 110 0.16 $19.52 $40,600


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,100 0.07 0.90 $17.32 $36,020
Michigan 790 0.19 2.41 $18.92 $39,350
Oregon 750 0.45 5.56 $21.76 $45,250
Illinois 730 0.13 1.58 $17.83 $37,090
Ohio 670 0.13 1.59 $17.75 $36,920



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 750 0.45 5.56 $21.76 $45,250
Idaho 170 0.27 3.41 $15.58 $32,400
Michigan 790 0.19 2.41 $18.92 $39,350
Wisconsin 480 0.18 2.19 $17.81 $37,050
Vermont 40 0.15 1.86 $19.56 $40,680



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 410 0.14 1.76 $25.75 $53,560
Oregon 750 0.45 5.56 $21.76 $45,250
Minnesota 150 0.06 0.70 $19.93 $41,450
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.76 $19.85 $41,300
Vermont 40 0.15 1.86 $19.56 $40,680




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.10 1.29 $17.42 $36,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 1.09 $19.03 $39,590
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.31 3.80 $22.73 $47,270
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 2.97 $19.81 $41,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.17 2.15 $14.37 $29,890
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 240 0.27 3.30 $16.45 $34,210
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 210 0.21 2.63 $19.23 $40,000
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 160 0.20 2.43 $16.49 $34,300
Eugene-Springfield, OR 140 1.00 12.38 $21.20 $44,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 140 0.08 0.95 $17.99 $37,410



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eugene-Springfield, OR 140 1.00 12.38 $21.20 $44,090
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 50 0.62 7.67 $17.06 $35,490
Racine, WI 40 0.61 7.58 $16.33 $33,960
Rockford, IL 70 0.50 6.19 $16.54 $34,400
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.45 5.60 $19.81 $41,200
Boise City-Nampa, ID 90 0.32 3.98 $12.69 $26,390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.31 3.80 $22.73 $47,270
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 240 0.27 3.30 $16.45 $34,210
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 50 0.25 3.10 $22.96 $47,750
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 2.97 $19.81 $41,200



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.09 1.13 $34.18 $71,100
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $24.66 $51,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 0.39 $24.27 $50,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.47 $48,820
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.21 2.65 $23.32 $48,500
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 60 0.08 1.02 $23.13 $48,110
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 50 0.25 3.10 $22.96 $47,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.31 3.80 $22.73 $47,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 80 0.05 0.58 $22.33 $46,450
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 1.48 $22.01 $45,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.52 6.48 $17.07 $35,520
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.72 8.98 $15.52 $32,270
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.67 20.84 $21.16 $44,020
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 5.10 $16.79 $34,930
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.45 18.00 $18.62 $38,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.67 20.84 $21.16 $44,020
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.45 18.00 $18.62 $38,730
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 9.37 $21.92 $45,580
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.72 8.98 $15.52 $32,270
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 7.26 $22.84 $47,520

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 7.26 $22.84 $47,520
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.01 $45,780
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 9.37 $21.92 $45,580
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 3.89 $21.54 $44,800
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.67 20.84 $21.16 $44,020


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015